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Laredo, Texas

Rich in south-of-the-border flavor, Laredo is the major international crossing along the U.S.- Mexican border. Established by Spanish land grant in 1755, Laredo became the county seat when Webb County organized in 1848. The city has served under seven flags. Today this bustling border city, known as the Gateway to Mexico, has a diversifed economy stemming from such sources as retail and wholesale consumer products, importing and exporting (Laredo is the nation's largest inland port), petroleum and natural gas, feeds and fertilizers, brick and tile, and visitors from both sides of Rio Grande. Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University call Laredo home. The recent "maquiladora" industry, a binational manufacturing system where U.S. products are assembled in plants on the Mexican side, is prominent in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo. Since 1898 the Washington's Birthday Celebration has honored George Washington as the first Western Hemisphere leader to free a New World country from the dominion of European rule. The sixteen-day February fiesta is celebrated on both sides of the border and includes parades, fireworks, dances, and an impressive Abrazo coronation ceremony on the International Bridge II. Festivities strengthen friendly ties between Texas and Mexico.

Attractions and Upcoming Events


Washington's Birthday Celebration Museum

Displays of sparkling gowns, photos and other memorabilia tell the story of Laredo's Washington's Birthday Celebration, now more than a century old. At 1000

Laredo, TX Museums

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Founded 1848, "New Laredo"

Laredo, TX Day Trips

Laredo Children's Museum

Through hands-on experimentation and exploration, museum encourages the explorer and inventor in children. West End Washington St. on campus of Laredo Community College. Branch museum located just off I-35

Laredo, TX Museums

Fort McIntosh

Established by Army in 1848 immediately following Mexican War, fort was in continuous use until May, 1946

Laredo, TX Forts

Things to do near Laredo, TX

Tropic Star Park

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

SeaWorld San Antonio

The world's largest marine life adventure and family entertainment park, features popular shows like "Shamu Visions," starrin...

Presidio La Bahia

As conquistadors of centuries ago explored new lands for "God, Gold and Glory," the Church played an integral part in coloniz...

Brush Country Museum

The museum features memorabilia of the city and county. Hundreds of photos offer a glimpse of ranch life in the first half of...

Panna Maria Visitors' Center

Administered by the Panna Maria Historical Society, the center is housed in the 1875 Pilarczyk Store. Souvenirs, handmade cra...